Westham vs Chelsea

After the defeat at Wembley, and the reports of problems within the team, this match will tell us if Chelsea are really having a go at the league this season. Selection problems are to trouble Mr.Grant again, after he was under much criticism for his team selection for the League Cup final.

The Hammers have an excellent record against the so-called 'big four', and Curbishley is sure to fancy his team's chances against the Blues. Bobby Zamora, Lee Bowyer and Matthew Etherington are injured for the Hammers. For Chelsea, shevchenko is to full fitness, and with the whole team available for selection, Grant has even loaned Scott Sinclair to Charlton.

Last time the teams met, it was a tight affair and Joe Cole scored the only goal to give us the victory. It remains to be seen if Curbishley opts for Carlton Cole or if it is Ashton, who has not yet returned to top form after his return from injury. It's not going to be a walk in the park for the Blues in this London derby. We need all 3 points this time after we dropped points the last two games.

Guess at the team:
Ferreira, Terry, Carvalho, A.Cole
Essien, Lampard, Ballack
J.Cole, Drogba, Anelka
subs:Cudicini, Malouda, Alex, Wright-Phillips, Mikel

Refree: Peter Walton

TV Timings: 2030(IST)

Scoreline prediction:0-2